“Our opponent has had his office declare himself the victor and we do not accept that,” the Abrams campaign said in a phone call with reporters Wednesday evening.
“Based on counts released by the Secretary of State’s office, Brian Kemp’s margin is so large that the number of provisional ballots and overseas ballots will not change his Election Day victory,” Cody Hall, the Kemp campaign’s press secretary, had said in a statement earlier Wednesday. “Simply put, it is mathematically impossible for Stacey Abrams to win or force a run-off election.”
Hall also said Kemp will begin his transition Thursday with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.
The Abrams campaign told reporters that it is continuing efforts to make sure all votes are counted and is looking at litigation and other kinds of action it could take.
Abrams’ campaign is also asking for Kemp’s secretary of state office to be transparent about how many ballots have not yet been counted. It told reporters it won’t accept the secretary of state’s data on outstanding ballots without evidence.
“They are trying to force an outcome … without proof … and expecting everyone to go along with it,” the campaign said.